LONDON.- The Serpentine Gallery
presents a new exhibition conceived by London-based artist Mark Leckey, his first solo show in a UK public institution. The exhibition includes major works from Leckeys multi-disciplinary practice, which encompasses sculpture, sound, film and performance and addresses themes of human desire and transformation.
As part of the exhibition Leckey will present four live evening performances of BigBoxStatueAction, designed specifically to suit the unique acoustic qualities of the Serpentine Gallery.
Leckeys best-known works feature meticulously sourced and reconfigured archive footage and the exhibition will include the artists seminal film work on the history of underground UK dance culture from the 1970s to the 1990s, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, 1999.
A large-scale recent performance and film work titled GreenScreen RefrigeratorAction, 2010 in which Leckey communicates with a smart fridge, will be remade in the Gallery. In this work, Leckey explores the idea of being in constant communication with every aspect of our environment and the sense that all things have life imbued within them. The imposing installation BigBoxStatueAction, 2003 2011, positions one of Leckeys Sound System sculptures, a tall stack of speakers, to face a large modernist sculpture. The speakers broadcast a specially created sound piece composed from sampled music and archive material, which attempts to elicit a response from the opposing sculpture.
Mark Leckey, born 1964, lives and works in London. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008 and his work has been widely exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, in 2008 and at Le Consortium, Dijon, in 2007. His performances have recently been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, Abrons Art Centre, New York; at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, both in 2009; and at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2008.